47 Sacks of Coke: A Charter Pilot's Run-In with Venezuelan Drug Lords

47 Sacks of Coke: A Charter Pilot's Run-In with Venezuelan Drug Lords

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 17, 2014

It started as a routine charter flight. But when the business jet landed in Venezuela, armed men loaded 47 sacks of cocaine on board and forced the crew to fly the cargo back across the Atlantic. Since then, the German pilot has been living under an assumed identity. By Arndt Ginzel, Martin Kraushaar and Steffen Winter more... Comment ]

Teeth and Bones: Mass Abduction Reveals a Decaying Mexican State

Teeth and Bones: Mass Abduction Reveals a Decaying Mexican State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 20, 2014

Most murders don't even make the front page in Mexico anymore. But the recent abduction of 43 students has infuriated the country. The story has exposed the tight relationship between politics, law enforcement and organized crime. And it shows how weak the state has become. By Marian Blasberg and Jens Glüsing more... Comment ]

America's Marijuana Revolution: Ganjapreneurs Hit the Jackpot

America's Marijuana Revolution: Ganjapreneurs Hit the Jackpot

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 27, 2014

Since the legalization of marijuana in two US states in January, entrepreneurs and investors have been seeing green. Observers believe the industry will grow rapidly and may even rival the Dot.Com boom of the 1990s. By Anne Seith in Denver, Colorado more... Comment ]

The High Before the Crash: Germany's Crystal Meth Pandemic

The High Before the Crash: Germany's Crystal Meth Pandemic

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 12, 2014

In recent years, crystal meth use seems to have exploded in Germany, particularly along the Czech border. As researchers are discovering, the population of users is much more diverse than many people expect. By Anna Kistner more... Comment ]

Child Pornography: Victims of Exploitation Struggle to Forget

Child Pornography: Victims of Exploitation Struggle to Forget

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 26, 2014

The roots of the scandal leading to the resignation of German parliamentarian Sebastian Edathy lie in Romania. In the village of Racsa, boys were filmed naked and the footage sold onward. The shame still haunts them. By Maximilian Popp in Racsa, Romania more... Comment ]

Brooms for Beer: Amsterdam Enlists Alcoholic Street Cleaners

Brooms for Beer: Amsterdam Enlists Alcoholic Street Cleaners

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 21, 2013

Amsterdam has begun employing alcoholics to clean the city's streets, paying them in cash, tobacco and beer. City authorities say it's solving the problems related to public drunkenness. Critics question whether the program unethically enables addiction. By Rainer Leurs more... Comment ]

'I Can't Get Clean': Christiane F. Publishes New Book on Her Life

'I Can't Get Clean': Christiane F. Publishes New Book on Her Life

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 08, 2013

Immortalized in a cult book and film more than 30 years ago, Christiane F. is Germany's most famous heroin addict. Now 51, she still uses drugs and has written a new book about her troubled life. By Katja Thimm more... Comment ]

'Worse Than Gangs': Rio Police Criticized for Favela Crackdowns

'Worse Than Gangs': Rio Police Criticized for Favela Crackdowns

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 08, 2013

A new security campaign is helping authorities win back control of Rio de Janeiro's favelas ahead of next year's World Cup. Special police units are driving drug gangs out of the slums -- but often only to replace them with their own thuggish rule. By Jens Glüsing in Rio de Janeiro more... Comment ]

Rookie Rodents: Dutch Police Train Rats to Sniff Out Crime

Rookie Rodents: Dutch Police Train Rats to Sniff Out Crime

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 16, 2013

Police in the Netherlands are hoping to save money by training rats to sniff out things like drugs and gunshot residue. The animals are cheaper and faster than traditional lab work -- and they're very accurate. By Benjamin Dürr more...

Drugs in Berlin: Greens Push Weed Legalization in Park

Drugs in Berlin: Greens Push Weed Legalization in Park

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 12, 2013

Berlin's Görlitzer Park is crawling with drug dealers and all efforts to solve the problem have failed. Now, one local politician is pushing a radical idea: opening city-run shops that sell cannibis. By Hendrik Ternieden and Anna-Lena Roth more... Comment ]